James Rodriguez‘s departure from Real Madrid this summer is as good as guaranteed, however, where he will be playing next season is not as certain.
Not yet 26, the Colombian can still command a big fee, and his future will be one of the most discussed topics in this transfer window, but what clubs can actually afford to sign the player?
As things stand, Paris Saint-Germain are favourites, with France Football reporting that the Ligue 1 side will go all out to lure Rodriguez to France as their star summer signing.
That said, PSG are aware that they will face stiff competition to agree terms with the player.
One factor that favours PSG though is that the Colombian has already spent a year playing in France with Monaco and is comfortable with the league and lifestyle in the country.
Furthermore, Real Madrid and the Parisiens are on good terms, not to mention that Rodriguez’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is known to work closely with the Parc des Princes side.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich are another option that the 25-year-old could explore.
In his season working under the Italian at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Rodriguez scored 17 times and enjoyed arguably his best form in white.
Manchester United in England are also thought to be interested and can offer Champions League football as well, while Arsenal also dream of seeing the player in the Emirates Stadium but a move to North London remains unlikely.
Meanwhile, Luciano Spalletti at Inter is an admirer of the player’s talents and the club’s Chinese owners would be open to the idea of making him the jewel in their crown, though their inability to offer European football leaves them as outsiders